Frequently Asked Section 8 Questions

If my apartment is part of a Project Based Section 8 project funded by HUD and the property is sold, can the new owner make me move out?

If a Project Based Section 8 apartment community is sold and the new owner decides not to renew the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract with ... Read More

How do I find a unit that accepts a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher?

As long as certain requirements are met, you can use your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher at apartments and houses owned by a private landlord tha... Read More

Can I take my Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area? (Portability)

Yes, you can take your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to a different area once specific conditions are met. This process is referred to as "... Read More

What is my status on the waiting list?

The best way to check your status on a waiting list is to contact the housing authority or apartment community you applied to. The method of how to... Read More

What is Section 8?

Section 8 housing is a federally funded program aimed to assist low-income families in America pay for rent. There are two different branches of th... Read More

After applying, how long will my wait be?

Because of the high demand of affordable housing, and comparatively low supply, it is not rare to be on a waiting list for several years.Gen... Read More

The Section 8 and/or Public Housing waiting lists in my area are closed. Are there other affordable housing programs?

If the waiting list is closed in the area you want to apply in, you cannot apply at that time, but there may be other programs available other th... Read More

Why is the housing authority giving Section 8 vouchers when there are no rentals available, and if there are, they don't take Section 8?

While it is can be difficult for Section 8 voucher holders to find a unit, there are properties and landlords out there that accept Section 8 Vou... Read More

Can I use a Section 8 voucher to help pay my mortgage?

Yes, you can use a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher to help pay your mortgage, but the housing authority that manages your voucher must participate... Read More

Are you eligible for Section 8 if you own a home or other real estate?

You may or may not be eligible for Section 8 if you own a home or other real estate, depending on the income you earn from these assets.Sect... Read More

I can't find a unit for my Section 8 Voucher by the deadline, can I get an extension?

If you are unable to find a unit for your Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher within the given deadline, you may request an extension, but it is not g... Read More

I'm on the Section 8 HCV waiting list; when should I start looking for a unit?

We cannot give direct advice on when you should start looking for a unit, we can provide you with information for you to make a decision.Fir... Read More

My family and I live in Section 8, but I have to move. Can we continue to receive Section 8 assistance in both places?

You may not use a Section 8 voucher to receive rental assistance in two different units at the same time.If you are the... Read More

The housing authority is doing a Section 8 briefing, but the waiting list is closed. What does "briefing" mean?

It is likely that the housing authority is scheduling eligibility appointments with persons on the waiting list. It is also possible that the office h... Read More

When I receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, can I terminate it for a year if I have to move temporarily?

No, when you receive a voucher, you have a specific amount of time to use that voucher before it is terminated. You may be able to... Read More

My Section 8 landlord keeps upping the rent. What can I do?

If your landlord is upping the rent to an amount that is not affordable, it's time to look for another unit.We are... Read More

If you don't have a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, but your landlord accepts it, can you rent there?

Yes, you can live in the unit, but you will not receive rental assistance by doing so. To be able to receive any kind of rental assistance, you must g... Read More

If I find housing before I get my Section 8 voucher, can I get approved sooner?

No. Finding a unit before receiving your voucher does not have any influence on when you receive your voucher. Once being placed on the waiting list, ... Read More

How long does it take for a housing inspector to inspect the unit?

The length of time it takes for an inspector to inspect the unit can vary by each housing authority.There are more than 2,300 housing author... Read More